Teacher Resources

Educating Our Youth Today for a Brighter Future Tomorrow

NETL makes significant efforts to educate teachers by providing on-site workshops. These workshops are held throughout the year, with each session providing different topical material for teachers to take back and execute in their classrooms. To be informed of upcoming workshops and other K-12 Education events, please send an email to education.outreach@netl.doe.gov. We will add you to our mailing list to receive notices of events, upcoming workshops and registration deadlines.

Education Outreach Listing for 2016-2017 School Year

The following workshops are held annually at NETL:

Triple E (Energy, Environment and Economics) Seminar - November 17-18, 2016

A 2-day workshop that is offered to teachers, Kindergarten through 8th grade in partnership with the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh.  Teachers will receive 10 professional education hours and will acquire hands-on, classroom friendly experiments to take back to their classrooms.  Supplies for classroom activities will be provided. There is no fee for this workshop.  A video from last year’s seminar is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkvWp1ETyc4

Science Bowl Competitions

The Science Bowl is a highly competitive academic event in which teams of high school and middle school students compete in a timed forum to produce answers to technical, science and math questions. NETL host 2 Regional Science Bowl! Often known as the Super Bowl of science, Regional Science Bowls provide the perfect opportunity for middle and high school students interested in STEM to compete in teams for the chance to represent their school at the National Science Bowl in Washington D.C.

Southwestern PA Regional Science Bowls:

Please visit the science bowl website for complete information: www.swpasciencebowl.com. You can also follow the science bowl on Facebook. A video from last year’s science bowls is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pf1oy-uGoZk

  • SWPA High School Science Bowl – February 25, 2017
  • SWPA Middle School Science Bowl – March 4, 2017
  • SWPA Science Bowl Finals – March 8, 2017

West Virginia Regional Science Bowls:

Please visit the science bowl website for complete information: http://wvsciencebowl.org/. You can also follow the science bowl on Facebook. A video from last year’s science bowls is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWupkleiPAA

  • WVU Middle & High School Science Bowl – February 3-4, 2017

Light, Color and Spectroscopy for Kids Seminar – March 30, 2017

A seminar for elementary and middle school teachers aimed at introducing children to the science of light.  Teachers will receive professional education hours (Act 48) and supplies for activities to conduct in the classroom.  The Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) developed this seminar which is co-sponsored with the Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP).  A video from a previous year’s seminar is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3RRfydu6LA

Earth Day Posters Due – April 3, 2017

Each year NETL hosts an Earth Day Poster contest for students in grades Kindergarten through Fifth grade.  The contest is meant to emphasize the importance of recycling, conserving energy and improving air quality.  The winning posters are selected by a committee and posted on NETL’s website.  All students submitting a poster receive a certificate of participation.  Last year’s winning posters are posted at:   http://netl.doe.gov/about/education/earth-day/2016-winners

Computer Software Workshop for Chemistry and Physics Teachers – April 6, 2017

Registration Information for the 2017 Workshop available here.

Teachers are tutored on data manipulation software, physics laboratory software and simulation and classroom programs.  The workshop is computer based and all software is up-to-date, user-friendly and well adapted for the science classroom, science laboratory or homework assignments.  Teachers are provided copies of the software to take back to their classrooms/students.  The workshop is sponsored by the Society of Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP).  A video from a previous year’s workshop is available at:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3RRfydu6LA